Kevin Phillips: Lee Johnson may regret key Sunderland transfer decision

Sunderland boss Lee Johnson may regret not signing a goalkeeper in January. 

That is according to Stadium of Light legend Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Remi Matthews’ performance against Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday night.

Lee Johnson dropped regular number one Lee Burge for the trip to New Meadow but the decision ultimately backfired.

Matthews, starting his first league game since 1 December, gifted Shrewsbury defender Ethan Ebanks-Landell an equaliser after Aiden O’Brien had given the Black Cats the lead.

Sunderland would go on to lose the game 2-1 – their third successive league game without a win.

When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of Matthews’ performance, Phillips said: “It is easy to jump on him after a mistake.

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“But you just have to look at Alisson for Liverpool. He has been amazing but after a couple of mistakes he is the worst keeper in the world.

“It is a really tough one. I am not going to batter him but he knows he could do better.

“They obviously feel it is an area they are comfortable in but a performance like that perhaps highlights the need for a goalkeeper. It is an area Lee Johnson should have potentially looked at last month.

“Hopefully Matthews will put it to bed though and come good.

“The keeper cannot be blamed completely. Things are not going as planned and a lot of people are unhappy. It is typical Sunderland.”  

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